Happy New Year to you! Thank you for your support for the previous many years, and letting me know that the DFD cafe guides have been useful to you – they mean a lot.

One thing we can look forward to in 2023 is there will be many new restaurants and cafes opening up in Singapore, so let’s check them out:

Equate Coffee – Orchard Central
Orchard Central #01-17A, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Equate Launches New Concept Store at Somerset Orchard Central
Equate which a first outlet at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, has opened its first concept store at Orchard Central.

The OC outlet is branded as an experiential space where coffee meets art.

The space is designed as an upside-down world, anchored around an installation of uprooted trees planted up-side down in the main dining area

There are the usual Classic Croissant ($4), Hazelnut Chocolatine ($7.80) and Almond Croissant ($7.80).

There are also sides such as Shoestring Fries ($7.80), Truffle Fries ($11.80) and Onion Rings ($8.80) which are more predictable in nature.

Available at this outlet from 11am to 8pm are Sandos made from house-made Shokupan bread, sandwiching a variety of flavours such as Tonkatsu ($15.80) and Spam Truffle Egg Mayo ($13.80) – quite a decent rendition of the trending Sando.

Read more at: Equate Coffee (Orchard Central)

Sinpopo Brand
TANGS at Tang Plaza #02-22/27/29, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

NEW Sinpopo Brand Restaurant Within TANGS at Tang Plaza
Sinpopo Brand which serves up a variety of dishes and cakes inspired by Singapore’s diverse culinary heritage located in the trendy neighbourhood of Joo Chiat has moved.

It can now be found in the heart of town at Orchard Road, within TANGS at Tang Plaza, Level 2.

The best-selling dishes such as the Sinpopo Signature Nasi Lemak ($22), Baked Miso Cod Hor Fun ($23), and Crab Bee Hoon ($20) remain on its menu.

If you are looking out for new dishes, there are the Singaporean Bak Kut Teh ($20) presented in two ways – in peppery broth and with lightly battered crust; and Fei Po Char Siew ($18) which is pork belly roasted and glazed in house-made sauce, and Beef Cheek Rendang ($20) cooked in house rempah.

Read more at: Sinpopo Brand (Orchard)

Seng House
214 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437007
Opening Hours: 8am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Hainanese-Style Inspired Cafe At Tanjong Katong
Tanjong Katong welcomes another café in the hood, this time from the folks behind Seng Coffee Bar at Changi Road.

Seng House is divided into both indoors and alfresco dining, the outdoors being pets-friendly whereas an interior decked in white and Neptune-green in colours.

Inspired by their Hainanese roots, diners will be able to find dishes such as Yellow Curry Chicken Bowl ($16.80), Hainanese Pork Chop ($22.50), Claypot Chicken Rice ($18.80), Oxtail Stew ($28.50), most of them are only available after 11am.

As I was there early in the morning, only their Breakfast menu was available.

Their Lunch menu starts from 11am whereas Dinner menu starts from 6pm.

Their menu here is entirely different from Seng Coffee Bar, with brunch options such as Seng Breakfast Club ($20.80), Eggs on Toast ($8.80), Dirty Steak Sandwich ($28.80), Pork Swiss Sandwich ($23.50) and Pancake Stack ($14.80).

Read more at: Seng House (Tanjong Katong)

Penny University
17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Popular Halal Brunch Cafe Reopens At Jalan Klapa
After serving the East side of Singapore for a decade since 2012, Penny University has made its move near Bugis to 17 Jalan Klapa.

The café offers all-day breakfast, brunch, and a dinner menu, with a menu influenced by Asian and Levantine cuisine.

Some of the popular brunch favourites still remain, such as Turkish Eggs ($14), Beef Cheeks Egg Benedict ($23), Penny’s Benedict ($21), Builder’s Breakfast ($24), Fluffy Ricotta Hotcakes ($24), and Moroccan Baked Eggs ($18).

The one change regular customers would find is a rotating dinner menu to include some of the best dishes from the series like Cullen Skink Chawanmushi, Foie Gras of the Land and Sea, Masala Scotch Eggs and Baked Salmon Soto Betawi.

Read more at: Penny University (Jalan Klapa)

Coffee Donkee
51 Haji Lane, Singapore 189244
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)

Japanese-Style Kissaten Coffee Specialty Shop At Haji Lane
Coffee Donkee is one of the newest additions to Haji Lane, complete with a swing and a lawn at the entrance.

Step inside Coffee Donkee, and you would find an interior like a Japanese Kissaten (喫茶店) – a Japanese-style tearoom that also functions as a cafe or coffee shop.

The “tea-drinking shop” typically has a dimly-lit interior, antique furniture and lots of old chinaware coffee cups on display on the shelves.

Using coffee beans freshly sourced from Japan on a weekly basis, their in-house Donkee blend uses 5 different types of beans and is used for their espresso-based drinks.

Read more at: Coffee Donkee (Haji Lane)

Sugaroses
23 Upper Weld Road, Singapore 207380
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)

Floral-Themed Cafe With All Day Breakfast And Waffles
Sugaroses Cafe is a new floral-themed space with floral jamming (workshops and classes) under the same roof.

It is located right outside Exit B of Jalan Besar MRT station.

The highlight is experiencing dining under a huge overhead flower cloud with different blooms hanging from the ceiling.

Their menu offers brunch-like options such as All Day Breakfast ($19.90), Grilled Chicken Bagel ($13.90), Rendang Chicken Rice ($10.90) and Smoked Salmon Croissant ($15); Pasta ($16.90 – $19.90), Sides ($7 – $13.90) and Desserts ($5.50 – $14.90).

A selection of drinks such as Berry Good ($9.90), Purple Delight ($8) and Flaming Tropika ($9.90) are found on the beverage menu, each with distinct colours.

Read more at: Sugaroses Café (Jalan Besar)

Wonders
128 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-1867, Singapore 560128
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Mahjong-Themed Ice Cream Cafe With Pandan Mochi Waffle At Ang Mo Kio
Interestingly, ice cream flavours are named after Mahjong terminology.

These include 半色 (half colours) for Cookies & Cream due to black cookies and white vanilla ice cream, 红中 for Strawberry Cheesecake due to the red strawberry, 一饼 for Honey Cinnamon Biscuit, 花上 for Chrysanthemum, 绿一色 for Hojicha Mochi and 门青 for Roasted Pistachio.

A single scoop is priced at $4.20, $8 for double scoops and $11.60 for Triple scoops, with Premium flavours such as Strawberry Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Sorbet and Yogurt Speculous at an additional $1.

I liked the 十三幺 aka Thirteen Wonders made up of White Choc, Almonds and Nori ice cream which has a slight savoury touch due to the nori added.

Read more at: Wondes (Ang Mo Kio)

Croffles and Coffee
35A East Coast Road, Singapore 428754
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)

Trendy Croffles Specialty Cafe At Katong
Katong has another cafe added to its eateries along East Coast Road, and it serves up a menu focused on the trendy Croffle.

Their main signature starts with the plain croffles, the Classic ($6 for one, $15 for two, $20 for three), which allows a topping of either butter sugar, chocolate, caramel or raspberry sauce.

Buy three and you’ll get a free Single Scoop of Gelato to go with it.

They serve savory options too such as Seaweed Bonito ($9), Cheesy Parsley ($9), and Avocado ($9).

The Oreo Croffle ($8) featured house made chocolate cream, chocolate drizzle, Oreo crumbs and an Oreo cookie atop a freshly made croffle. Taking a bite of the decadent creation, I was surprised that the croffle held up superbly under the moist toppings.

Read more at: Croffles and Coffee (East Coast Road)

Tucela Gelato
Blk 3 St George’s Road, #01-109, Singapore 320003 (Boon Keng MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Ice Cream Cafe With Muah Chee and Sakura Gelato Flavours At Boon Keng
Tucela Gelato looks to fill that dessert café gap for the St George’s and Boon Keng areas.

The humble shop offers ice cream flavours such as Sakura, Oolong Osmanthus, Chrysanthemum and Cacao Nibs, Bluepea Vanilla, Roasted Pistachios, Muah Chee and more.

A scoop goes for $3.80, two scoops for $7.60, with addition of $1 for each premium flavour.

You can choose to accompany your gelato with a Waffle ($5), Croffle ($4), Brownie ($4) or Pra-ffle ($2) – yes that’s a Prata Waffle.

The Sakura ice cream was a bit more unique in terms of flavour as it is not something commonly available in your typical neighbourhood shop.

The unmistakable salty, sour and floral taste of the Sakura was rounded together by the creaminess of the gelato – worth a try.

Read more at: Tucela Gelato (Boon Keng)

tcc art boutique café
VivoCity #02-149, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last order 9.15pm (Mon – Sun)

tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto, VivoCity Reopens With Brand-New Look
tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto known for combining gourmet food & beverages with style, has revamped its VivoCity outlet.

What is most important is that you get that splendid waterfront view, especially of Sentosa from a distance – making it quite the place to chill in the afternoons.

You get beautifully presented food, decadent bites and refreshing beverages and a wide range of coffee drinks.

There is always a special place for brunch, and the gourmet breakfast items are available till 6pm, with offerings of Ultimate Breakfast Fry-Up ($29.80), Frittata with Porcini Mushroom Ragu ($17.80), Croque Monsieur ($17.80), to Focaccia Melt ($16.80).

A recommended is the Wagyu Hamburg Steak with Cheese Omu Rice ($24.80). A Japanese-inspired dish, you get juicy medium-well Wagyu patty drizzled in rich, finger-licking hamburger sauce is at the heart of the preparation.

Accompanying the meat is fried pearl rice and crunchy green onions enveloped in a tasty cheese omelette.

Read more at: tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto (VivoCity)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary, Nicholas Tan @stormscape, and Laura Wong @llua.

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